S.F. Blues Festival Canceled


Johnny Winter
In an article in the Oakland Tribune on Tuesday, San Francisco Blues Festival founder Tom Mazzolini announced that the 2009 festival was being called off, saying, "We may well have seen the last San Francisco Blues Festival."

This year would have marked the event's 37th anniversary, making it one of the longest continuously held blues gatherings in the U.S. Over the years, the festival, usually held in September at Fort Mason, has hosted everyone from Buddy Guy to Allen Toussaint to John Lee Hooker, as well as up & coming talent from around the nation. The 2008 installment included Johnny Winter, Hot Tuna, Buckwheat Zydeco and Elvin Bishop.

Currently, the festival's website has not posted the cancellation.


[Published on: 2/19/09]

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Dankstar star Thu 2/19/2009 12:30PM
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That was a good run...

Lenox Thu 2/19/2009 12:48PM
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damn this economy...

shackca Thu 2/19/2009 12:58PM
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bummer, IU'm sure you'll see many more festies either being cancelled, postponed for a yr or just lose a sheetload of $$ as economy is a mess, and will continue to go down

hippiesnames Thu 2/19/2009 01:08PM
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Benjamin Human Thu 2/19/2009 01:14PM
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Buggtape Thu 2/19/2009 01:16PM
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i love jambase! i come here multiple times a day. i would like to see which gatherings in the US are the longest running.

also, it makes me laugh when cancelled and canceled are alternated. i still go with the English spelling.

Buggtape Thu 2/19/2009 01:18PM
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benjamin we were posting about cancelled at the same time. haha

willydog Thu 2/19/2009 01:28PM
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This is terrible news. I know everyone wants to be cute...but anytime venues or festivals that support the art of live music die it is like a library or museum closing...the arts of america are in trouble. No joke.

PooDolla Thu 2/19/2009 01:52PM
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Kids just don't get the blues anymore. You would think with the economy the way it is there would be a spike in blues show attendance. Guess not.

OttoVonC Thu 2/19/2009 02:45PM
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I wonder what the festival/live music landscape would look like this year if people were spreading their money around a bit more. It seems like there are two major tours that are going to get a buttload of money, and a couple of big festies, and that there's just crumbs left over for anyone else.

I'm part of the problem. I'd generally rather see 10 $10 shows or even 5 $20 shows and support local bands, but I got all my money tied up seeing the Dead, so I won't be seeing as many other shows. I kind of wish I'd thought it through a little more before I bought my tickets, to be honest.

AintNoFreedom Thu 2/19/2009 04:12PM
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In the words of the dude.... "That's a bummer, man"

angelsfear star Thu 2/19/2009 05:52PM
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langerado festival canned too. the countdown is on.

maddmax9 Thu 2/19/2009 06:01PM
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so should all us S.F kids organize a blues festival in mourning of the S.F. Blue's festival?

Shit must be ROUGH if you can't even sing the blues anymore...

eask star Fri 2/20/2009 07:48AM
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nobody has any money - i bet roo tix will be way down this year

walthers Fri 2/20/2009 02:26PM
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I can't agree more. This is really sad. More and more people I talk to are making some difficult decisions on what to spend their money on. I would venture to say that many of us in this community spend a great deal of money on tickets, transportation and lodging at these shows and festivals and now many of the smaller shows and festivals are really going to be hurting. I really hope things get better soon, for everyones sake.

angelsfear star Fri 2/20/2009 04:04PM
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^^^oh i agree to the tee with you. although i think the smaller music festivals will do much better than the big ones just for the fact smaller and mid size festivals cost less ticket wise.